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About Permanently Closed - Giovanni's Italian Restaurant

This restaurant is permanently closed. Giovanni came to America from Trapani, Sicily when he was 23. His
brother, Nicolo owned the Italian Village in Madison where Giovanni
helped in the kitchen. Eventually they both moved to Milwaukee
where Giovanni helped Nicolo launch another successful Italian
restaurant. After four years Giovanni set out on his own.
Forty years later, Giovanni has become a renowned Milwaukee
restauranteur. His three sons, Sal, David and Joey, have learned the
restaurant business from their mother and father, mastering their
unparalleled recipes and traditions.
Giovanni has passed these recipes and his love for serving people
down to his sons. Now Giovanni’s — the legendary Milwaukee
restaurant — is back with father and sons side by side.

1033 N Old World Third St
Milwaukee, WI 53203
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, American, Sicilian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday 4:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday-Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
State St and Highland Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(414) 291-5600

Website:
http://www.giovannismilwaukee.com/

Parking Details:
Pull right up to the front door for $7 Valet Parking

Executive Chef:
Giuseppe Safina and David Safina

Private Party Facilities:
Giovanni's is perfect to host your next event. We specialize in birthday, bachelor/bachelorette, office, anniversary, retirement or holiday parties. Contact us today and we can start planning your perfect evening!

Private Party Contact:
Special Events Coordinator - Nicole Enea: (844) 301-5483

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Announcing Giovanni's second wine pairing dinner!

Monday, September 19th, 2016. 6:30pm

James Beard Award-winning chef, Justin Aprahamian of Sanford's Restaurant collaborated with our chefs to create a menu to pair perfectly with some of Italy's most celebrated wines!

The 7 course tasting menu and wine pairing is priced at $125 per person. Tax and gratuity not included.

Reservations are to be made by phone with a credit card. 48 hour cancellation notice is needed. Limited seating available. Reserve with Nicole at Giovanni's 414-291-5600

Giovanni's Italian Restaurant - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.9

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Special Occasion (7)
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Pre/post Theatre (6)
Romantic (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Casual (5)
Cozy (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fun (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 1, 2017

It's unfortunate that this place is closed now. Always enjoyed our time here.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 1, 2017

being the last day of service we were expecting more than what we got. first of all no valet parking had to drive around for 15 minutes and ended up paying $15.00 for parking. got in there and we were seated right away was not that crowded the waitress then told us they were out of all veal dishes(my wife,s favorite) no more pork chops and one other dish that I can not remember. wife had the chicken marsala and I had the rosa stuffed filet both were good but nothing spectacular our waitress was great since I think they were short on help. got comped a free dessert for our anniversary. but the time we left the place it was really loud. disappointed that they did not want to go out with a bang

Tags: Authentic
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food4
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great, last night.

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food5
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We very much enjoyed our dinner, food and service was excellent. We would return for dinner again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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food5
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Absolutely the best food in Milwaukee! So sad to hear they’re closing in a couple weeks.

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food5
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

This was my first time at Giovanni and I enjoyed it. The service was good. I love the Bruschetta. I am coming back to taste the desert.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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food5
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Food was very good and service was friendly. Atmosphere was nice but lights could have been dimmed and music lower for dinner time.

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food5
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

We went to Giovanni's for our five year anniversary. Though it took a little longer to be seated (even though we had reservations, because of a wedding happening there that night it took longer than normal to seat people at their tables), it was well worth the wait. Easily the BEST bruschetta I have ever had, and the pappardelle al funghi was impeccably seasoned. To top it all off, because it was our anniversary, they gave us dessert on the house (we selected the cheesecake and it was delicious; perfect for splitting)! Next special occasion we have, Giovanni's will definitely be a contender!

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Bar Seating, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Gracie was our server, and she was great! This was my second time at Giovanni's, and it was wonderful!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Casual, Cozy
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food5
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 19, 2017

All I can say is I'm sad to see it go... we love the tiramisu!

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food5
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

We had a very enjoyable experience. Remember going to Giovanni's when on Van Buren and always loved the food and cocktails. Had to try their new place. Wasn't disappointed. Try it, you'll love it!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Always a GREAT meal. The Safina's make you feel at home.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Food was excellent and service adequate.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

All around excellence. Service, staff and food....all spectacular.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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food5
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Have the shrimp scamponi and it was fabulous! They were so large it was like eating lobster. Our waitress was wonderful. The only issue was that there was such an incredibly loud group of people at the bar that you could not even carry on a conversation. We were seated upstairs and the noise level was ridiculous.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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food5
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Delicious food! We could actually carry on a conversation and hear what was being said.

Tags: Authentic
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food5
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service5
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The food was spectacular. The shrimp
Tastes like lobster. It's a must!

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food5
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 (Toledo)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Traveling through Milwaukee and after some research, the six of us decided on Giovanni's Italian Restaurant. The ambiance was wonderful; the food was at the appropriate temperature and wonderfully prepared and plated. Service was great; there when you needed/wanted them but not 'hanging' over us. It was a great 'find' and when back in Milwaukee, a definite for dining.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic
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food5
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Have wanted to go since they closed on Van B/ Brady years ago. Solid dinner. Nice atmosphere. I had the veal parm which was fine. My wife had some kind of stuffed steak that was fantastic. Wine was great and so was the salted caramel cheesecake. Will definitely go back.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Giovani's has become out favorite restaurant in Milwaukee. The food is always spectacular. The service is excellent. I think it may be the best Milwaukee offers in fine dining. The fish is always perfectly prepared, as was the grouper this night. And the scamponi is the best I've had anywhere. Bravo! Giovani!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Excellent food and waitstaff !!
Great for pre-theatre evening and can walk to the PAC from the restaurant !

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 21, 2017

The Fettuccini Alfredo was special- Made with Sartori SarVecchio parm - amazing !!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Food was outstanding. Gracie was excellent and a true pleasure. She's proud of her city. I highly recommend

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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Eat here at your own risk!

Jessica the bartender needs to work on her attitude.

Tags: Live Sports
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Friday night dinner with my husband great experience , and the food was excellent .
I will recommend this to my friends .

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Casual, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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food4
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 9, 2017

The food was amazing! Best steak I've ever had.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 7, 2017

I recommend the Black Fettuccine if you like seafood. So good!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Everything from start to finish was excellent. Warm & friendly service from a lovely young woman who just graduated from college and hopes to attend Med School in the fall. Drinks,
appetizers, and main course were terrific. It was our 45 anniversary and they sent us a complimentary tiramisu dessert. Great people & great food - that's what it is all about.
Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Casual
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 26, 2017

I wanted to like Giovanni's--we were regulars at the old Giovanni's on Van Buren and finally made it to the new incarnation. But two things made us never want to go back: The lighting at 5:00 pm was ridiculously dim, so much so that we were blind trying to follow the hostess to our table, not knowing if we were about to hit a step or who knows what. Mood lighting is one thing; making people grope as they make their way in is rude. Our entrees seemed fine, if not oustanding, until I spent the rest of the weekend with gastro-intestinal problems. Sorry, but once was enough.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Loved all of our meals! Excellent veal piccata! Lovely atmosphere and wonderful service too. So happy Giovanni's is back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 20, 2017

The food was delicious and the server recommended delicious wine to pair with the meal. The meal was cooked to perfection and the atmosphere was perfect for girl's night out! I will definitely be back again!

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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food5
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I LOVE this place and always have a great meal but. We made our reservation for 7:15 not very late and was disappointed two fold one since there was an event at the Bradly center I wasn't able to get my favorite dish(my fault for not looking first). But the fact they were running out of dishes from appetizers to deserts so early.
I love this place but was disappointed for a weekend. I'll stick with early weekday visits when Giovanni is there himself.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Authentic, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Just plain and simple - Very good! Bar staff nice and waitress also

Great time..

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Great place, delicious food and wonderful service!

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Delicious food great service classy atmosphere it is a very solid choice for dinner

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Going to a concert at the Bradley Center

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 4, 2017

Giovanni's shrimp is a grand slam. The veal dishes are superb. A not to miss restaurant when in Milwaukee.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Fantastic family owned and operated restaurant! Super welcoming, outstanding service and an authentic old school Sicilian menu with several comfort food choices! Great experience! 🍝

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 1, 2017

This was a date night for two couples. One of the couples was coming in from out of town. The food was great and everything was reasonable. I would recommend this place.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Nice location for after or pre-theater or athletic event dining. Great service. Tasty food. Could use a few more reasonable wine selections. A Manhattan cocktail was a bit over priced at $14.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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